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Zoltan Mesko's amazing journey from
Romania to the Big House to the Rosshesastu
School of Business - and now to the NFL.diedwit

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Builder says
plans in the
works for
Zaragon 2

Marine Corps ROTC midshipman Ben Sparks (left) corrects the uniform of Elliot Biddle, also a Marine Corps ROTC midshipman, after an ROTC awards ceremony yester-
day. Steven Pickett, another Marine Corps ROTC midshipman, enjoys a cookie and looks on.
Zingerman' sDelisubmits
plans to city fr expansion

New complex would
be built on East
William Street
For the Daily
Less than a year after opening
its first apartment building, the
Zaragon company is looking to
expand its business by building a
new high-rise next to the original
Cottage Inn Pizza on East Wil-
liam Street.
owners of the original Zara-
gon Place - located on East
University Avenue - intend to
construct a similar apartment
complex at the corner of East
William and Thompson Streets,
according to a public notice sent
last week by the Zaragon com-
pany to residents living within
1,000 feet of the new site.
Zaragon Place 2 will offer
students another opportunity
to lease apartments near Cen-
tral Campus following the "very
successful" first year of Zaragon
Place, Zaragon President and
University alum Richard Perlman
said in an interview.
"The location is perfect. It's a
block from the Diag, very close to
Central Campus," Perlman said.

"ZP1 and ZP2 are approximately
the same distance from the Diag.
One is from the South U. side of
town. One is from the State Street
side of town."
Perlman said the location and
quality of the apartments will
be attractive not only to Univer-
sity students but also University
employees and other Ann Arbor
Perlman said he couldn't com-
ment on the price range for what
ZP2's apartments might be, but
he said ZP2 will act as the "sister
building" to ZPl, adding that the
design of the building will be very
similar to the existing Zaragon
The current Zaragon Place
is 10 stories high with 66 apart-
ments and can house up to 248
residents. The average price tag
of a Zaragon Place lease is cur-
rently about $1,000 per month
per person.
According to the public notice,
ZP2 will be 14 stories high with
99 apartment units. Perlman said
the building will be able to house
between 200 and 350 residents.
Similar to Zaragon Place, ZP2
will also feature retail space on
the ground floor, on-site parking
and an in-house gym.
However, before construction
See ZARAGON, Page 7A

If proposals are
approved, project
would begin in 2011
Daily StaffReporter
For those who travel from near
and far to get a taste of Zingerman's

famous sandwiches, the dining
experience may get even better.
Zingerman's is awaiting approval
for plans to expand the restau-
rant submitted to the Ann Arbor
Planning Commission last week.
The expansion is expected to cost
between $4 million and $7 million
and restaurant officials say it would
enhance their business and custom-
ers' experiences.

Approval by the Planning Com-
mission is only the first of several
steps for the restaurant in getting
the expansion project underway,
said Paul Saginaw, co-founder of
If Zingerman's receives approval
from the Planning Commission, it
will then have to secure a loan for
the project, followed by approval
from the Historic District Commis-

sion, according to Saginaw.
In 2008, when Zingerman's pre-
viously applied to begin the expan-
sion process, its efforts were halted
when the commission decided that
the expansion would impede on the
historical preservation of the Ker-
rytown area.
The restaurant plans to begin
construction during the spring of

'U' profs. predict improvement
for Washtenaw County economy

Economic report
says recovery could
begin in some
industries this year
Daily StaffReporter
The third quarter of 2008 rocked
the country and Washtenaw Coun-
ty, with huge economic declines
p followed by some of the worst
unemployment rates in history.
However, George Fulton, direc-
tor of the University's Research
Seminar in Quantitative Economics,
and Donald Grimes, senior research
associate at the University's Insti-
tute for Research on Labor, Employ-
ment, and the Economy, predict a
road to recovery for Washtenaw
County that starts for some indus-
tries in 2010 but will not begin to be
felt by others until 2012.
Last week, Fulton and Grimes
released a 40-page report called the
Economic Outlook for Washtenaw
County in 2010 to 2012. The two
University researchers have created
this economic outlook for the coun-
ty each year for the last 25 years. But
amid the state's and country's cur-
rent economic climate, this year's
report was much anticipated.
Grimes said the report evaluates
the changing economy and provides
information on what industries will
best recover from the current reces-

sion. Based on this year's findings,
Grimes said Washtenaw County has
a hopeful economic future.
"It's good news in the sense that
the county's economy is beginning
to grow again in terms of jobs,"
Grimes said. "We think it started
growing in the first quarter of this
year and will continue to grow at a
pretty good pace, not a great pace,
but it'll be pickingup pace in the sec-
ond half of 2011 and then into 2012
it'll be pretty healthy."
Washtenaw County's economic
decline started in the early 2000s,
because at that time the county
started experiencing significant job
losses. The pattern reflected the suf-
ficient job losses from Michigan's
automotive industry.
According to the report, ebbs in
the health of the auto industry play
alargerole inthe county's economic
position. Automotive jobs made up
11.1 percent of the county's employ-
ment in 1990, but by 2012, they are
expected to represent only 1.8 per-
cent of county jobs.
In 1999, the county's unemploy-
ment rate was 1.6 percent and has
consistently risen every year since.
In Grimes and Fulton's economic
evaluation of last year, they under
predicted the employment rate for
2009 and said unemployment was
going to rise from 5.9 percent to 8.2
percent. Instead, it reached 8.8 per-
Though the current national
unemployment rate stands at 9.7
percent, the report projects that it

Washtenaw County's economy.
The number of jobhsfot in
Washtenaw County in 2009
The number of jobs expected to be lost in
Washtenaw County in 2010
Michigan's unemployment rate in 2009
Jobgrowth predicted by the second
half of 2011 in Washtenaw County
The percetageof jobs in
Washtenaw County made up by the
The percentage of jobs in Washtenaw
County expected to be made up by the
auto industry in 2012
will decline to 9.5 percent for 2010.
According to the report, rates are
expected to reach 9.1 percent in 2011
and 8.7 percent by 2012.
While Grimes and Fulton say
the county is rebounding from the
See REPORT, Page 7A

Jacob Saaleberg, a 15-year-old Ann Arbor resident, sits on top of the cube next to the Michigan Union. The cube was given to
the University as a gift from the class of 1965 and was designed by University alum Tony Rosenthal.
At CAPS a look beyond awareness to
the tools needed for effective action

Officials say their
goal is to reach every
student on campus
Daily StaffReporter
In light of six recent suicide
attempts at Cornell University,

some have questioned whether
higher education officials are
doing enough to prevent suicide
on college campuses.
According to national statistics
on the University's Counseling
and Psychological Services web-
site, suicide is the second leading
cause of death among college stu-
dents. About 1,100 students com-
mit suicide nationwide each year

and CAPS officials say the Uni-
versity is determined to help this
number decline.
In order to accomplish this,
there are numerous on-cam-
pus and community services
that are committed to mental
health issues. CAPS, University
Health Service and the Mental
Health Work Group have worked

Call 734-763-2459 or e-mail
news@michigandaily.com and let us know.

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